Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes’ new book, The Case Against Sugar, was published this week by Alfred A. Knopf. From the publisher: From the best-selling author of Why We Get Fat, a groundbreaking, eye-opening exposé that makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and…

Radical Measures are Called For – Prof. Chomsky Calls on Obama to Issue a General Pardon for Undocumented Immigrants

The Immigrant Worker Center Collaborative IWCC has enlisted some extremely significant aid in its call for President Obama to issue a General Pardon of undocumented immigrants, in the form of a message from Professor Noam Chomsky. View Chomsky’s call on Obama to act below. Read Avi Chomsky’s A Radical Proposal for Radical Times at the North…

For John Dewey

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“As long as politics is the shadow cast on society by big business, the attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance.” –John Dewey

Wendell Berry and Eric Schlosser: Protect What’s Worth Keeping & Develop Strategies Built Upon Love

This conversation between novelist, poet & farmer Wendell Berry (The Unsettling of America) and author Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) is worth viewing in its entirety.

Our focus, notes Berry, must be on far more than fear, guilt and anger over climate change. We must develop strategies built on love.

“We need a broad-fronted economic movement to protect everything that’s worth protecting, to stop damage to everything that’s worth keeping,” said Berry.

“We’ve been talked out of love, mercy, kindness. We’ve got to take those things back.”

Instead of using fear and guilt as motivators, “We all need to find things we love to do, and do them.”

Published on Dec 15, 2016

Author, poet, writer and farmer Wendell Berry, in a public conversation with journalist Eric Schlosser, discusses his influences as a writer, his influences as a spiritual person, his connection to Kentucky, the land and more. He begins the conversation with Schlosser by talking about a term he’s coined—industrial fundamentalism—and continues to talk about the agrarian way of life and how to proceed in this new political era.

Thanks, Trump! We Now Have Two Opportunities for Bold Progressive Reform

by Arun Gupta, December 17, 2016. Yes! Magazine. If Donald Trump’s election as president was an earthquake that leveled progressive expectations, then his transition has slammed into the political landscape with equal force. Trump is staffing his administration with far-right billionaires, conspiracy theorist generals, and extreme ideologues, while upsetting relations with important powers like the United…